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Need help with Win95 problem

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by torix, Jan 3, 2002.

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  1. torix

    torix Thread Starter

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    My sister has win95 on her Packard Bell. She somehow deleted or lost her VMM32.VXD file and now her computer will not boot up. It will act like it's going to start, then goes to the screen to choose safe mode and other choices. We have tried doing the "safe Mode and Step by Step" but it comes up again with the same errors every time. We cannot get to the windows desktop at all. Says the VMM32.VXD cannot be found. Says to run setup again. Then the computer shuts down. As if this isn't bad enough she cannot find her windows disk.Is there a way we can fix this problem without having her original win95 disk? I have an NEC computer that I still have the win95 disk for..can we use that disk if all else fails? I run win98 on my computer so am pretty much lost with her win95.
     
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  3. Mosaic1

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    You have to overinstall the same version of Windows 95 as is on the computer already. You are doing this to recreate the vmm32.vxd
    There are three different versions of Windows 95
    a B and C

    Also, before a reinstall, IE 4 should be removed. You can't fo that so expect problems with copy paste an drag & drop. If they happen, just reinstall IE to correct them.

    vmm32.vxd cannot be copied or extracted. It is a unique file which is created at install. The vmm32.vxd on the install Disk is a skeleton.

    One other thing to try before you do an overinstall is this:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q194679

    On the off chance that the Windows\system file has been renamed.
     
  4. torix

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    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?threadid=64060&goto=newpost

    We tried what the site said and found the vmm32.vxd file in windows\systems.

    At the command prompt, type:
    dir vmm32.vxd /s

    But when we try to do as the site says for the next step:

    (At the command prompt, type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command

    cd windows
    ren folder system

    where folder is the folder you noted in step 1.)

    It says file not found.
    This is what we typed in:
    cd windows (Tried to click enter and got bad command)so we did: cd\windows then enter
    Then we typed in
    ren window system
    enter

    we got file not found

    My question is: Are we doing it wrong? I am not real computer literate in the dos mode and really need help.
     
  5. Mosaic1

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    Did you find the file in C:\windows\system

    or was it in C:\windows\systems

    You are typing Folder. What this is assuming is that vmm32.vxd is in the system folder. But somehow the system folder was renamed. So the command would be to rename the FOLDER in which vmm32.vxd is found back to its correct name SYSTEM

    If vmm32.vxd is in Windows\system it is corrupt.
    If it is in Windows\systems then you have to name Systems back to system.

    Post back being careful to tell me the exact locatoin of vmm32.vxd please.
     
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    <Did you find the file in C:\windows\system

    or was it in C:\windows\systems

    You are typing Folder. What this is assuming is that vmm32.vxd is in the system folder. But somehow the system folder was renamed. So the command would be to rename the FOLDER in which vmm32.vxd is found back to its correct name SYSTEM

    If vmm32.vxd is in Windows\system it is corrupt.
    If it is in Windows\systems then you have to name Systems back to system.
    Post back being careful to tell me the exact locatoin of vmm32.vxd please.
    Did you find the file in C:\windows\system>

    We found the file in C:\windows\system
    When she tries to boot up it says the file was not found or is corrupt. But when we do the steps per the site we find it in the system folder. If the file is corrupt, how can we fix it without a win95 disk? She does not have the win95 disk at all for her computer. :-(
     
  7. Mosaic1

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    The short answer is you can't.
    You have to reinstall Windows95. Without an install disk, I don't think so.

    One quick question. Does she by any chance have the cabs on the Hard Drive?

    If so, she may be able to reinstall from the Hard Drive. To find out do this:
    At the C prompt type

    dir /s /p *.cab

    If you see one directory with a whole lot of cabs in it, you may be in luck.


    For instance. Mine are here:
    C:\windows\options\cabs


    You would change to that directory and run setup. Like this:

    At the C:\>
    cd Windows\options\cabs Press enter
    this would bring you to:
    C:\windows\options\cabs>

    Type
    setup.exe and press enter
    Install to the same folder, that's an overinstall.
     
  8. Mosaic1

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    I forgot to add, before you try an overinstall, rename vmm32.vxd
    Like this:
    At the command prompt which looks like this: C:\>

    Type cd windows\system Press enter
    Your screen will look like this:
    C:\Windows\system>

    Type this
    ren vmm32.vxd vmm32.old
     
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